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Alabama Teacher Of The Year Gets In The Driver's Seat

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (May 12, 2016)-

English teacher Dana Jacobson drove away from the Alfa Insurance home office in Montgomery May 12 in a shiny, new silver Chevrolet Traverse.

A year’s use of the car is just one of the perks Jacobson received for being named the state’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). She is an English teacher at Clay-Chalkville High School, where she’s taught since 1999.

This marks the 20th year Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation have provided a car and insurance coverage for Alabama’s Teacher of the Year.

“We are proud to recognize Ms. Jacobson for her excellent work as an educator,” said Jimmy Parnell, president of Alfa and the Federation. “We put a great deal of trust in our teachers to help shape the next generation of Alabamians, and it’s comforting to know we have outstanding people like Ms. Jacobson to take on this task. We hope this vehicle will help make her travels over the the next year a bit easier."

Jacobson said she’s looking forward to promoting education and hopefully recruiting new teachers over the next year as an ALSDE spokesperson.

“Teachers are visionaries who see that light at the end of the tunnel and find ways to help students get to that light,” she said. “There’s nothing better than to see a student growing, and there’s no job to me more important than teaching because we pave the way for all sorts of possibilities for students."

Interim State Superintendent of Education Dr. Philip Cleveland announced Jacobson as the Teacher of the Year May 11 at the end of an awards program. He said Jacobson is the perfect example of a teacher who changes her students’ lives for the better.

“She strives to connect with and engage each individual student who enters her classroom and, as such, has been able to provide meaningful, quality learning to tomorrow’s leaders,” he said. “We are proud to have Ms. Jacobson represent our state as the 2016-2017 Alabama Teacher of the Year."

Jacobson also teaches ACT Prep, debate, speech, creative writing and history of film and trains other teachers. She automatically became the state’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year Program.

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